Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

2020 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

1
Special offer
The Traddock

The Traddock - Tasting Menu Special Offer

Austwick

‘We have stayed many times, and it remains a favourite,’ writes a trusted reader after this year's visit to the Reynolds family’s popular, dog-friendly Dales hotel.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • view
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
  • gourmet
  • wheelchair_accessible
25% voucher
2
Special offer
Pendragon Country House

Pendragon Country House - Two and Three Night Special Offer

Camelford

We can't say whether King Arthur stabled Llamrei in the equestrian centre next door, but the once and future king lives on in this small hotel near Tintagel, named after Uther Pendragon.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • parking
  • conference_meeting
  • disabled
  • guest_house
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • eco-friendly
  • golf
  • electric_charging_point
  • horse_riding
  • electric_charging_point
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
3
Biggin Hall

Biggin Hall

Buxton

‘The garden was entertaining at mealtimes. There seemed to be more hens on the lawn this time.’ A trusted reader on a third visit captures the spirit of James Moffett’s manor house hotel in a 'delightful Peak District location'.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • conference_meeting
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
4
Ees Wyke Country House

Ees Wyke Country House

Ambleside

‘Strongly endorsed by readers this year: ‘The exceptional ambience of this very fine English country house hotel reflects Richard Lee’s personal, multi-talented approach.’
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • bird_watching
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
5
Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse

Clearwell

‘A wonderful find. We had a lovely few days.’ Praise from readers in 2019 for Hari and Colin Fell’s Elizabethan farmhouse-cum-boutique hotel in a Forest of Dean village.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • golf
  • fishing
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
6
Sheedy’s

Sheedy’s

Lisdoonvarna

On the crest of a hill overlooking the Burren, this 18th-century hotel is a cheerful landmark on the Lisdoonvarna townscape, from its yellow-painted facade to its front path lined with blooms.
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • disabled
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • vegan-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • eco-friendly
  • honeymoon
  • historic
  • parking
  • great_breakfast
  • wheelchair_accessible
7
The Gurnard’s Head

The Gurnard’s Head

St Ives

‘It never fails to please,’ write Guide regulars in 2019 after a return visit to Charles and Edmund Inkin’s dining pub with rooms. ‘We highly recommend the accommodation and the food.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • wheelchair_accessible
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
8
Dolffanog Fawr

Dolffanog Fawr

Tywyn

‘Alex and Lorraine's 18th-century farmhouse offers a level of hospitality to rival many of the best small hotels in the UK.’
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • guesthouse
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • guest_house
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
9
Knockendarroch Hotel

Knockendarroch Hotel

Pitlochry

‘A real centre of hospitality.’ Trusted Guide readers visiting Struan and Louise Lothian’s small hotel were impressed this year by the ‘attentive but never intrusive service, and superb meals’.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • guest_house
  • romantic
  • cycling
  • electric_charging_point
25% voucher
10
Llanthony Priory Hotel

Llanthony Priory Hotel

Abergavenny

‘In the beautiful landscape of the Welsh Borders’, in the Vale of Ewyas, and within the precincts of a ruined Augustinian abbey, Victoria and Geoff Neal’s hotel incorporates a Grade I listed medieval tower.
  • walking
  • exceptional_value
  • romantic
  • historic
  • good_value
  • rooms_with_a_view

2019 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

1
Special offer
The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley - 25% Discount Offer

Rowsley

Whether exploring the estate around medieval Haddon Hall, or tackling more challenging terrain in the Peak District national park, walkers are in their element at Lord and Lady Manners’s 17th-century hotel. Ask reception for their walks folder.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
2
Leathes Head Hotel

Leathes Head Hotel

BORROWDALE, KESWICK

Guests can order a picnic before setting out from this Edwardian country house hotel, perhaps to follow a waymarked path ten miles around Derwentwater, or to climb to the top of Catbells for panoramic views.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • eco-friendly
  • weddings
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wildlife_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
Upgrade voucher
3
Trevalsa Court

Trevalsa Court

Mevagissey

Steps from the Coastal Path, this friendly small hotel offers a variety of walking and strolling options. Head across country to the Lost Gardens of Heligan – lost no more – and return for a Cornish cream tea.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • garden
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
4
Dunkery Beacon Country House

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay

From this Edwardian hunting lodge, walkers climb to the top of the eponymous beacon hill, or pick up the Coleridge Way across Exmoor towards Lynmouth or Nether Stowey in the footsteps of the great poet. How romantic is that!
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wine
  • for_wine-lovers
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • outdoor_dining
  • dog_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • country_house
  • vegetarian_friendly
25% voucher
5
Farlam Hall

Farlam Hall

Brampton

Thoughtful route guides to local walks have been compiled by the long-time owners of this manor house hotel near the top of the North Pennines and just three miles from coast-to-coast Hadrian’s Wall Path.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • country_house
  • golf
  • bird_watching
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
  • great_breakfast
  • electric_charging_point
  • wheelchair_accessible
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
6
The Creggans Inn

The Creggans Inn

Strachur

From a stroll along the Loch Fyne shore, to exploring enchanted Puck’s Glen, broad leaf and conifer forests and waterfalls, great walks start at the door of this friendly inn, or are just a short drive away.
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • weddings
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • seaside
  • mooring_available
7
Stella Maris

Stella Maris

Ballycastle

You pass a blow hole on the walk to the sea stack of Downpatrick Head, topped with the ruins of a church founded by St Patrick. One of many thrilling forays from this hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • disabled_facilities
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • bird_watching
  • parking
8
Timberstone

Timberstone

Clee Stanton

Tea and biscuits await Rover’s return to this dog-friendly rural B&B, after a day roaming the blue remembered hills of Shropshire, visiting Ironbridge Gorge, or browsing the specialist food shops in nearby Ludlow.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
9
Bryniau Golau

Bryniau Golau

BALA

You can take a scenic walk around Bala lake, pick up a family or heritage trail, head for hill or mountain, from this lovely Snowdonia B&B. A good breakfast sets you up; drying facilities await your return.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • value
  • b&b
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
10
The Plough

The Plough

Lechlade

You can pick up the Thames Path from this welcoming pub-with-rooms in the William Morris heartlands, perhaps to walk to Lechlade, or past a pretty lock- keeper’s cottage, for a crafty pint in The Trout at Tadpole Bridge.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • pub_with_rooms
  • pub_with_rooms
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • outdoor_dining

2018 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

1
Special offer
Porth Tocyn Hotel

Porth Tocyn Hotel - October Wine-Tasting Event Special Offer

Abersoch

There is a deceptive ‘wacky’ quality to the Fletcher-Brewers’ ‘lovely’ hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay, a casual vibe that belies the professionalism of the operation.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • baby-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • country_house
2
Special offer
The Peacock at Rowsley

The Peacock at Rowsley - 25% Discount Offer

Rowsley

They get so much right at Lord and Lady Manners's 17th-century manor house hotel. Expect a ‘friendly welcome’, ‘good ambience’, housekeeping 'beyond reproach' and 'interesting old paintings', many of members of the owners' family.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • historic
  • conference_meeting
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • wi-fi
  • dog_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
3
Hazel Bank

Hazel Bank

Keswick

‘Great hotel, great food,' enthuse American readers in 2019, rating Gary and Donna MacRae’s ‘Lakeland gem’ as the ‘best hotel of our five-week European trip – and we stayed in some superb places’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • adults-only
  • parking
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
4
The Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell

Clitheroe

‘Conjuring up an image of a heartier England, with hunting, idiosyncratic aristocracy and solid home comforts', this ‘great inn’ continued to delight readers this year.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • activities
  • for_wine-lovers
  • conference/meeting_friendly
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • honeymoon
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • wheelchair_accessible
5
Currarevagh House

Currarevagh House

Oughterard

Opened as a sporting lodge by owner Henry Hodgson’s great grandfather in 1890, this Victorian country house is surely Ireland's longest-standing hotel under family ownership.
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wi-fi
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • good_value
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
6
Ees Wyke Country House

Ees Wyke Country House

Ambleside

‘Strongly endorsed by readers this year: ‘The exceptional ambience of this very fine English country house hotel reflects Richard Lee’s personal, multi-talented approach.’
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • historic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • bird_watching
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
7
Crossways Hotel

Crossways Hotel

Wilmington

David Stott and Clive James ‘nurture an atmosphere of repose and tranquillity, along with informality and laughter and the friendliest of warm welcomes’ at their restaurant-with-rooms beneath the South Downs.
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • wifi
  • gourmet
  • country_house
  • wi-fi
  • good_value
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • great_breakfast
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
8
Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse

Clearwell

‘A wonderful find. We had a lovely few days.’ Praise from readers in 2019 for Hari and Colin Fell’s Elizabethan farmhouse-cum-boutique hotel in a Forest of Dean village.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • golf
  • fishing
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
9
Moor of Rannoch-Restaurant & Rooms

Moor of Rannoch-Restaurant & Rooms

Rannoch Station

‘The very-much-in-evidence hosts, Scott and Stephanie Meikle, have transformed this remote property into a “restaurant-with-(very-well-equipped-and-designed-)rooms”.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • parking
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
10
The Gurnard’s Head

The Gurnard’s Head

St Ives

‘It never fails to please,’ write Guide regulars in 2019 after a return visit to Charles and Edmund Inkin’s dining pub with rooms. ‘We highly recommend the accommodation and the food.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • wheelchair_accessible
10% discount voucher 25% voucher

2017 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

1
Special offer
Pen-y-Dyffryn

Pen-y-Dyffryn - Up to 30% Discount & Complimentary Afternoon Tea Special Offer

Oswestry

‘Our third visit. Most of the other guests were also returners. It isn’t surprising.’ Readers are drawn back time and again to this stone rectory in ‘immaculate gardens’, overlooking the Welsh hills.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
  • romantic
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • golf
  • wildlife_watching
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
2
Special offer
Glenfinnan House Hotel

Glenfinnan House Hotel - Three nights for Two Special Offer

Fort William

In one of the most dramatic settings of any UK hotel, Jane MacFarlane's 18th-century-cum-Victorian mansion stands against a backdrop of woodland and mountain, overlooking Loch Shiel.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • conference_meeting
  • country_house
  • honeymoon
  • vegan-friendly
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher
3
Howtown Hotel

Howtown Hotel

Penrith

Bong, bong! It is dinner time at this ancient farmhouse-turned-hotel in grounds bordering Lake Ullswater, where the gong still summons guests to table.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • guest_house
  • golf
  • wi-fi
  • horse_riding
  • wildlife_watching
  • parking
  • bird_watching
4
Biggin Hall

Biggin Hall

Buxton

‘The garden was entertaining at mealtimes. There seemed to be more hens on the lawn this time.’ A trusted reader on a third visit captures the spirit of James Moffett’s manor house hotel in a 'delightful Peak District location'.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • conference_meeting
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
5
Tudor Farmhouse

Tudor Farmhouse

Clearwell

‘A wonderful find. We had a lovely few days.’ Praise from readers in 2019 for Hari and Colin Fell’s Elizabethan farmhouse-cum-boutique hotel in a Forest of Dean village.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • wi-fi
  • outdoor_pursuits_(hunting
  • golf
  • fishing
  • hot_tub_jacuzzi
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
6
The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin

Brecon

Brothers Charles and Edmund Inkin invite you to eat, drink, sleep. Pray and love, too, by all means: there is a free-and-easy vibe at this dining pub, ‘a truly wonderful place’.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • pub_with_rooms
  • pub_with_rooms
  • wi-fi
  • outdoor_dining
  • parking
  • wildlife_watching
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • wheelchair_accessible
10% discount voucher 25% voucher
7
Moor of Rannoch-Restaurant & Rooms

Moor of Rannoch-Restaurant & Rooms

Rannoch Station

‘The very-much-in-evidence hosts, Scott and Stephanie Meikle, have transformed this remote property into a “restaurant-with-(very-well-equipped-and-designed-)rooms”.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • dog_friendly
  • romantic
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • vegetarian_friendly
  • restaurant_with_rooms
  • parking
  • good_value
  • wildlife_watching
8
Dunkery Beacon Country House

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Wootton Courtenay

An Edwardian hunting lodge, rumoured to have served in the 1960s as an MI6 training centre, is today a welcoming country house hotel where sleepers wake to glorious views over Exmoor.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • wine
  • for_wine-lovers
  • good_value
  • wi-fi
  • outdoor_dining
  • dog_friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • country_house
  • vegetarian_friendly
25% voucher
9
Boskerris Hotel

Boskerris Hotel

St Ives

Built as a small hotel, this bright, airy property, 'halfway up the hill behind Carbis Bay beach', has been offering 'stunning sea views' since 1931.
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • seaside
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • wheelchair_accessible
Upgrade voucher
10
Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel

Nant Gwynant

At the foot of Snowdonia, the Pullees’ ‘eccentric’ hotel is run by the same family who hosted Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they trained to climb Everest, and not a lot has changed since.
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • disabled_facilities

2016 Editor's Choice Walking

Best UK hotels for walking and hiking

1
Special offer
Titchwell Manor

Titchwell Manor - 10% Midweek Discount Special Offer

Brancaster

‘A log fire was burning in a small sitting room’ when our inspectors arrived on a rainy night, at Eric Snaith’s Victorian farmhouse hotel overlooking field and marsh to the sea.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • seaside
  • view
  • disabled
  • wheelchair_accessible
  • wi-fi
  • baby-friendly
  • wildlife_watching
  • good_value
10% discount voucher 25% voucher Upgrade voucher
2
Underleigh House

Underleigh House

Hope

‘Near the end of a quiet cul-de-sac lane’, within the Peak District national park, Vivienne and Philip Taylor welcome guests to their farmhouse B&B, ‘overlooking the beauty of Hope valley’.
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • bandb
  • wifi
  • parking
  • exceptional_value
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • good_value
  • eco-friendly
  • wi-fi
  • wildlife_watching
  • great_breakfast
3
The Burgoyne

The Burgoyne

REETH

‘A delight,’ writes one reader this year of Mo and Julia Usman’s Georgian hotel overlooking the green. ‘Fantastic views, cosy comfy atmosphere, exceptional cuisine and service.’
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • dog_friendly
  • disabled_facilities
  • wifi
  • rooms_with_a_view
  • view
  • disabled
25% voucher
Last updated: October 03, 2019